[3.17] LL ❄️ CoC Ice Nova Occultist ❄️
⚠️ Note / Warning ⚠️
This is not a guide for new players, and this isn't a league starter build. There are plenty of guides that already exist like Qosmoz's @ https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2971773 and Juju's https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3056215 that explain starting gear and explain breakpoints. I highly recommend checking those out to get started.
I do not plan to update this for 3.18. I just wanted to share this because CoC is such a fun build, and I don't see any in the Witch land. Most are in Shadow's (like Qosmoz's, which is getting some audience right now)
I'm leaving all the previous league stuff behind and focusing only on this league, Archnemesis. Nothing from the new league mechanic will benefit this build, though.
In 3.16, I played a defensive one with Assassin: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3211730. Some of those items are no longer obtainable, so I'm going to focus on this league's items. I moved those items to an Occy and made it without Determination. https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/iisanoob/characters/Scourge_TheMavensWrit. It felt pretty nice.
This league, I league started a Seicmic Trap Sabateur.
My next char was PConc Occy.
Next, I created a LL CoC Assassin and respecced a PConc Occy I had leveled to this character.
I love playing CoC Ice Nova because all the items are generally pretty cheap after a week into the league, especially since you can run this build mostly with Uniques. It's not a fast build, but it's not a complicated build to play, and shatters are pretty satisfying.
Gameplay / Videos
Later - Killed Sirus and Maven deathless with this build.
Shaper at 40% Chill / 17% Shock / 5% Brittle (thanks to boots)
Not too much has changed in 3.17, except the nerfs in Cospris from .15 to .25 cooldown. Frozen Trail got removed from the game, so the free extra projectiles don't exist. I'm still not sure if I should be using an Ice Nova or a LMP in my Cospris..
Lastly, no more Assassin's Mark on ring, so you either have to self-cast it or link with the Mark on Hit gem. , but it's hard to find two extra slots here.
Killed all for 2 extra points. Alira if you can sacrifice the 2 points.
I use Soul of Lunaris + Soul of Ralakesh for bleed help.
Items I used getting to around 90 (from 68):
Buy a 6 sockets shavs and 5 link it with Harvest to start.
Mostly uniques, and they should be cheap.
My current setup is slightly different with more investment:
Using a large cluster and two medium clusters as well.
Unnatural Instinct was a later ugprade. Don't go down to Scion unless you're using Unnatural Instinct.
Important things to note:
6L was my big first upgrade - 6 ex or so.
Upgraded to Awakened CoC, which is pretty cheap this league at around 3 ex.
I am not using Sin Trek and I'm instead using a new implicit mod from Search Exarch for Brittle (+5% crit, which is added in the PoB). This makes it insanely easy to crit cap, which is why I removed Increased Critical Strikes Support and replaced it with Increased Critical Damage Support.
How to craft boots:
Buy base sorcerer boots with implicit. Use Essence of Sorrow for Dex (or use whatever you want). Then when you're satisfied with suffixes, make sure you have a lesser Eater of Worlds implicit, then use a Eldritch Chaos Orb to reroll prefixes. Make sure you craft or add a prefix to fill them out. (Or Eldritch Exalts). I heard if you have 3 prefixes, it will always reroll 3 new prefixes. You're looking for high ES. Finish by crafting movement speed.
I'm also using Forbidden Flesh/Flame with Shaper of Winter, just because it was the cheapest Witch one that wasn't minion-based. If you have money, you can use any ascendency you wish.
I am getting 40% Chill and 17% shock (Skitterbots) on most bosses.
You do not need Essence Sap if you're using Auxium. Craft Accuracy or anything else you want.
The Searching Exarch implicit for Freezes you inflict spread.. is a great replacement to Blast Freeze on the cluster jewels.
Grouped by links:
Frostbolt Optional: Phantasmal
Power Charge on Crit
Body (in order of importance:)
(Awakened) Cast On Critical Strike Support
Ice Nova Optional: Anomalous
Increased Critical Strikes Support
Inspiration Support Optional: Divergent
(Awakened) Added Cold Damage Support
Start with normal CoC. I was able to get through T16 maps comfortably with a 5L Shavs and the above gems. No Awakened and no added cold damage.
Immortal Call (lvl 3)
Cast when Damage Taken Support (lvl 1)
Vaal Molten Shell
Herald of Ice
Flame Dash (Or Frost Blink)
(Notice, no Enlightens are required)
+1 to Energy Shield per 8 Evasion on Boots
- Sin Treks add so much ES with this mastery.
- If you aren't using Sin Treks, don't get this mastery. "30% ER while you have ES" gives 2-3% evade chance.
+25% to Critical Strike Multiplier against Unique Enemies
- DPS boost against bosses
30% increased Life Reservation Efficiency of Skills
- Allows us to reserve 3x 50% in Prism Guardian
8% increased Damage for each of your Aura or Herald Skills affecting you
- Huge DPS boost. We're stacking auras!
Optionally replace that with:
Auras from your Skills have 15% increased Effect on you
- Boosts all 8 of your auras. That's damage, defenses, and ES.
Cannot be Shocked while at maximum Power Charges
- Shock Immunity. If you don't want this, you can do 3% per charge for 21% increased damage.
Gain 3% of Maximum Mana as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
- Extra ES bump.. completely optional.
Discipline has 25% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency
- Required to fit Defiance Banner in your mana reservation
Things I Want To Try
You can replace Elemental Weakness with Bonechill, so your Vortex gets it linked, and then replace the Skitterbot's Bonechill support with Assassin's Mark if you want to cast it manually.
I crafted Aspect of the Spider on the belt and took 15% mana reservation to make it work.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which map mods should you avoid?
Reflect Elemental / Cannot Leech / Cannot Regen
Some curses are annoying, but they're all doable. This is my query to filter maps:
"of ele|less recovery|nnot reg|normal|leech|aura"
Less recovery can be really unsafe. Less effect of auras (new in 3.17) really sucks, since you heavily rely on auras to boost damage and defenses.
Can this do Uber Content?
Haven't tried this in 3.17
How do you sustain mana?
If you're using Auxium, that should sustain mana.
Otherwise, Essence Sap anoint or allocate Clever Thief if you're close to there. (Right side of the tree)
Last edited by iisanoob on Feb 19, 2022, 11:36:45 AM
Last bumped on Apr 3, 2022, 12:36:38 AM
Thank you for this build!
Can we see video demonstration how it handles mapping and boss T16?
Nice build, but I'm not gonna use it, instead I will steal your setup for my build
on Feb 22, 2022, 5:10:10 AM
Nothing wrong with that! I'm just here to share info. This is 100% not "my" build.
Thanks, did help me improve my build by alot, from like 4k ES -> 6k and over 2x damage.
But im using Ice Spear(armour) and Freezing pulse+ Frost Bomb(Cospri's) you should try it out.
on Feb 22, 2022, 4:01:40 PM
hey i seem to just be getting 1 shot even with 8k es did i do something wrong?
heres my POB: https://pastebin.com/kPK9mGvY
idk if i need to get more resistance but i get most of it from the flask
on Mar 14, 2022, 12:00:48 PM
You definitely need capped res. I think that's the main thing I see from your defenses.
Any idea what items i could get res from that wouldnt brick the build?
on Mar 14, 2022, 1:07:57 PM